coun·​try·​wide | \ˈkən-trē-ˈwīd \

Definition of countrywide 

: extending throughout a country

Examples of countrywide in a Sentence

The murders attracted countrywide attention.

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International pressure helped halt a military offensive to take back Idlib, the largest province still under opposition control, and diplomats said a cease-fire there could be used to generate a countrywide peace deal. Farnaz Fassihi, WSJ, "U.N.’s Special Envoy to Syria Calling It Quits," 17 Oct. 2018 The city of Seattle will appeal rules set last week by the federal government that seek to set a countrywide standard for how much cities can charge telecom providers to set up 5G technology for ultrafast cellular connectivity. Rachel Lerman, The Seattle Times, "City of Seattle fighting federal government’s new 5G rules," 2 Oct. 2018 Officials and experts who have studied the crime wave have noted other possible causes, including access to drugs and cutbacks to social services resulting from countrywide austerity measures. New York Times, "Amid London’s Crime Surge, Authorities Take Aim at ‘Drill,’ a Bleak Style of Rap Music," 1 June 2018 No, the 1970s were an era of countrywide flux, where women’s rights, cultural mores, and national expectations were all subject to immediate, unexpected, jarring change., "American Woman Review: Kyle Richards’ 70s Romp Is TV’s Breeziest New Show," 7 June 2018 Mexico’s endemic corruption, using money saved to pay for a major public works program, as well as pensions for old people and monthly wages for a countrywide apprenticeship program for two million unemployed young people. Juan Montes, WSJ, "‘Tropical Messiah’: A Trump-Style Politician Is Mexican Presidential Front Runner," 30 May 2018 According to 2016 data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, roughly 60 percent of head chefs and cooks in restaurants across the country are white, while blacks make up 11.6 percent of the countrywide total for the industry. Justin Phillips, San Francisco Chronicle, "Black chefs hopeful, skeptical as culinary world grows more inclusive," 28 May 2018 This ongoing countrywide celebration, part of the European Year of Cultural Heritage, includes a variety of activities. Stephanie Rosenbloom, New York Times, "A Year of Cultural Celebrations in Europe," 27 Apr. 2018 An Indian public bus burns during countrywide protests against a Supreme Court order seen as diluting protections afforded to lower castes. Huizhong Wu, CNN, "8 killed as widespread Indian caste protests turn violent," 2 Apr. 2018

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1915, in the meaning defined above

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: happening or existing in all parts of a country

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